Hope you remembered to send a card

Reader Walt Baxter wishes us a belated happy Afghanistan Day.

With everything going on in Iraq, I plum forgot about March 21. That was the 21st anniversary of Afghanistan Day. A transcript of the proclamation can be seen

This part chokes me up every time I read it:

“[…]Afghanistan Day will serve to recall[…]the principles involved when a people struggles for the freedom to determine its own future, the right to be free of foreign interference and the right to practice religion according to the dictates of conscience.

“Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate March 21, 1982, as Afghanistan Day.”